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  Definition of kowtow
  1. a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  2. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
  3. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
Similar Words: kotow, fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, suck up, scrape, genuflect

 

Hyponyms: curry favor, curry favour, court favor, court favour

 

Derivational Morphology: fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kotow, suck up, scrape, genuflect, apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveller, groveler, truckler, ass-kisser, truckling, sycophant, crawler, lackey, genuflection, genuflexion, scraping

 

 
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